As much as we try to plan for regular exercise, life is unpredictable. As weeks turn into months, gym memberships are underutilized, and maintaining consistency with an exercise class can become more stressful than enjoyable. Even if you are consistent, a plateau is guaranteed if your routine lacks variety and progression. While it would be nice to have a personal trainer on hand to keep us motivated and accountable, this service can be expensive and inaccessible to most. Fortunately, there is a new trend known as virtual personal training that is making specialized fitness accessible and affordable.
How Does It Work?
It’s this simple – All you need is a computer or smartphone and an internet connection.
A search through the app store will give you access to a ton of options for workouts designed by personal trainers. Once you have established an account, you’ll enter basic information ranging from body composition to exercise history. Then you can choose from suggested workouts where each exercise is accompanied by video demonstrations to ensure proper form.
From there you can add more details focusing your exercises on specific equipment like the TRX or kettlebells. Other features include audio options with a voice coach pushing you through the workout as well as built-in timers to keep you working at an efficient pace. Finally, you can sync the app with your smartwatch to monitor your progress.
If you’re ready for a more personalized experience, connect with a live trainer. This route gives you access to a qualified fitness professional that will assess your fitness level, evaluate your goals, and design a workout plan specifically for you. When you are ready to schedule an appointment, your trainer will use video features like Skype to guide you through exercises in real time. There’s no room for cheating on reps or concern about performing exercises incorrectly with live supervision!
What Are The Benefits?
First, it is affordable. More than likely you’re already paying for a monthly gym membership. Add in the cost of a personal trainer and you are easily spending an additional $50-$150 per session.
Connecting with a trainer from a distance can slash rates in half without